Literacy Center Destroyed By Fire

An east Texas landmark promises to rebuild after a weekend fire.

The Upshur county literacy building was destroyed in an early morning fire Saturday.

The building was built sometime in the early 1930's as a church.

It was then turned into the counties' main library.

But for the last 16 years it has been used to house the literacy program.

The program has been credited internationally for helping more than 4500 adults learn how to read.

"Its just like about 16 years of work just erased. We're really kinda devastated by it. The one good thing though is all the people we've helped. We have people going to college. We have people in nursing, people who have found new job," says Sue Williams, the program director of the literacy program.

The literacy program does plan to rebuild but needs help in purchasing supplies.

If you'd like to help, you can send donations in care of the Upshur county rotary club at P.O. Box 113 in Gilmer, 75644.

Amy Tatum, reporting.